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Kenny Garrett: Seeds from the Underground – review

Kenny Garrett: Seeds from the Underground – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

A gifted and experienced post-Coltrane improviser, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett's first instinct is for scorching free-sax sermons over stirring McCoy Tyneresque piano chords (his regular Venezuelan pianist Benito Gonzalez is a devoted Tyner disciple), but his problem is how to make one album marketably different from another. Seeds from the Underground does have an identity of its own – Garrett's lyrical Japanese and Korean enthusiasms are downplayed, every soulfully postboppish theme is repeated for long enough that the audience can't forget it, and there's more soul/world-music vocal content. It's an uneven, rather unfinished-sounding album, but there are two gorgeous minimal-improv ballads – the sombre, film-noirish Detroit and the almost Sidney Bechet-like Ballad Jarrett, while the gripping solos on some rhythmically tricksy uptempo pieces (influenced by his role in the Chick Corea/John McLaughlin Five Peace Band) are typically intense.

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The Black Keys + Arctic Monkeys are coming to Grand Rapids

The Black Keys + Arctic Monkeys are coming to Grand Rapids | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Tickets and information for The Black Keys’s upcoming concert with Arctic Monkeys at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on 18 March 2012.

 

If you can get to this show: #1, I hate you; #2, you better enjoy it, you lucky turd; because #3, this is AM's first arena tour and they've been doing great, not to mention TBK are ridiculously good these days. Pff! Don't talk to me.


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The Urban Folk Quartet: Off Beaten Tracks – review

The Urban Folk Quartet play an inventive blend of British traditional themes and global influences that reflect their unusual lineup. On fiddle, but also playing guitar and mandolin, there's Joe Broughton, best known for his stint with the Albion Band. He is joined by the Galician fiddler Paloma Trigas (who has worked with one of Spain's major folk stars, Carlos Núñez), Frank Moon on oud and guitar, and Tom Chapman banging away at the Latin cajon percussion. The group are based in Birmingham, but their extensive global travels are reflected in a set that includes Spanish party themes and laments, the classic American tune Dink's Song cleverly inter-twined with a rousing reel, and echoes of Turkey and the Middle East. An impressive set, with arrangements that allow for fine fiddle work and bursts of furious percussion; but UFQ's vocals aren't as confident or powerful as their instrumental work.

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Andre Williams and the Sadies Team Back Up for 'Night & Day' • News • exclaim.ca

Andre Williams and the Sadies Team Back Up for 'Night & Day' • News • exclaim.ca | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

It's been 13 years since alt-country act the Sadies first teamed up with R&B belter Andre Williams for Red Dirt, , but both sides have come together again for Williams's next platter, Night & Day.

A statement from Yep Roc Records explains that the imprint will issue the album on May 15. The collection reportedly began tracking in 2008 at the Key Club Studio in Detroit, but Williams's drug and legal troubles held the project up for a bit. Eventually, both sides reconvened to finish the disc.

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Tom Reney Asks: What's the Matter with Kids Today? - By Tom Reney

Tom Reney Asks: What's the Matter with Kids Today? - By Tom Reney | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

I was a guest lecturer on jazz for two music appreciation classes at a private New England liberal arts college yesterday. You might say I had my work cut out for me. None of the 42 students in these classes had ever heard of Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, or Duke Ellington. That's right, DUKE ELLINGTON. I double-checked, tried to enourage even a wink or raised eyebrow from anyone who might have felt shy about acknowledging their sophistication, but it was to no avail. What added to my shock and dismay over this revelation of American cultural illiteracy was learning that a couple of the kids had played in high school jazz ensembles.

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BBC Review of La Sera - Sees the Light

BBC Review of La Sera - Sees the Light | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

La Sera ("the evening" in Italian) is the alias under which Katy Goodman recorded this record. Goodman has a better-known nickname: as Kickball Katy this Brooklynite came to prominence playing bass for Vivian Girls. Though, tellingly, she also fulfils the same duties in a Slits tribute band.
For her second solo outing Goodman mines some of the same slacker seams that Vivian Girls dig away at, but she also puts her own spin on things.

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Abigail Washburn: Live from Paste

Abigail Washburn: Live from Paste | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The first sound you hear on City of Refuge is not Abigail Washburn’s delicate clawhammer banjo or her tender, aching voice. Instead, her second solo album begins with the sound of laughing and children playing, whom she recorded in 2009 in the Sichuan Province of China for the Shanghai Restoration Project. It’s an apt prelude to her songs about perseverance and compassion, especially considering that the children had been left homeless by a massive earthquake.

When Washburn and her collaborator Kai Welch came into the Paste offices for a session earlier this year, the two defined the art of storytelling, performing a six-song, 45-minute session that featured stories behind many of the songs from her latest album. Check out the entire session, featuring performances in both Chinese and English, in this week’s mPlayer.

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'70s music revisited in varied SXSW documentaries

Whether reggae, soft rock, hardcore punk or power pop, the music of the '70s is playing again at South By Southwest. Several of the many music documentaries at this year's SXSW revisit acts from the decade, a time often skipped over in pop culture history. But for that same reason, the '70s left a number of stories ripe for rediscovery or more thorough examination.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

'Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess.' Jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern [weirdly] writes, 'I can't help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain quality of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.'

Murphy is 'a hipster's hipster,' writes the New York Post. Jazziz magazine concurs, 'he is one of the true remaining jazz hipsters of our time.' 'Mark has devoted a long career to singing the hippest music with the best musicians,' states Leonard Feather. 'Consider the company he has kept on records. In the '60s,

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God and Country Music: The Decemberists as Americana’s Newest Converts

Recently, country music acquired a new convert: The Decemberists. Having long been indie-rock heroes with a reputation for releasing records with abnormally wonderful songwriting and a flare for the literary, their 2011 efforts The King Is Dead and Long Live the King (EP) crossed into my camp, i.e., old time country music. Recorded in an old barn in the Pacific Northwest with Americana queen Gillian Welch singing background and front man Colin Meloy touting a prominent harmonica, the Decemberists turned heads, especially within the Americana community. As is bound to happen when the great Gillian Welch graces you with her voice, The King Is Dead seemed to be more than just another indie-pop band trying to “get back to their roots.” The efforts appeared genuine, and Meloy would prove his sincerity.

It turns out Gillian Welch was not just a hired hand in the project, but would stick around for performances on Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show, and a host of live shows

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Iconic rocker Levon Helm rambling into the Michigan Theater

Iconic rocker Levon Helm rambling into the Michigan Theater | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

After more than 50 years riding the ups and downs of the music business, Levon Helm continues to disprove the notion that there are no second acts in Americana music.
From barnstorming around Northeastern Canada with Ronnie Hawkins in the early 1960s to redefining rock music with The Band and Bob Dylan later that decade, to starring in the best concert documentary ever in “The Last Waltz,” which segued into a successful movie career, to recovering from cancer of his vocal cords to assume the mantle of elder statesman of American music, Helm has fit more than a few acts into his 70 years.

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Baseball, jazz share roots, scholars say

Baseball, jazz share roots, scholars say | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

 In the 1840s and 1850s African-Americans were playing ball on dusty diamonds on plantations throughout the South. As the game evolved and African-Americans began to migrate from the South to the North, a connection with baseball's Negro League and swing jazz music was born.

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

All About Jazz is celebrating DT pianist Tommy Flanagan's birthday today!
Rarely has such unanimously unstinting praise been bestowed on a less self-congratulatory recipient.

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Album: Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Decca)

Album: Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Decca) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

When the jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society secured her last year's Grammy for Best New Artist, her Wikipedia page was targeted by enraged Bieberphiles, as if she had personally slighted their hero. Despite this obvious recommendation, the more radio-friendly follow-up still proves hard to love.

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Record Store Day 2012 - Third Man Records

Record Store Day 2012 - Third Man Records | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

TMR announced what little gems they're releasing on Record Store Day this year:

two White Stripes rarities, Karen Elson cover single, Jerry Lee Lewis (2011 live set).


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Folk-rockers revive Woody Guthrie at Union Transfer

Folk-rockers revive Woody Guthrie at Union Transfer | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
New Multitudes, the album on which Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker, and Will Johnson set unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, is a work of intimate mystery, born of hours in the archives and sentiments that Guthrie himself either abandoned or left buried on purpose. But on stage at Union Transfer Tuesday night, the songs burst into the public sphere, pushing private thoughts into the open and converting whispers to a full-blooded shout.

 

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Bassist Victor Wooten Hosts Trivia Contest - By Megan Kaplon — Jazz Articles

Bassist Victor Wooten Hosts Trivia Contest - By Megan Kaplon — Jazz Articles | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Victor Wooten—one of the premier bassist in jazz and rock, most famous for his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones—is hosting a contest to raise music awareness and promote learning, as well as thank his fans for their support. The Grand Prize is a private in-home concert from Wooten himself, with other prizes including gear from Samson, Hartke, Fodera and Wooten’s Camps at WootenWoods.

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BBC -Review of Le Super Borgou de Parakou - The Bariba Sound

BBC -Review of Le Super Borgou de Parakou - The Bariba Sound | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

You might be familiar with Analog Africa by now. Frankfurt-based Samy Ben Redjeb founded the award-winning label to release the treasures unearthed on crate-digging trips around Africa – excavations that have already made us hip to old and hitherto unheard-of (in the UK, at least) bands such as Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and The Green Arrows. It’s a diverse canon, for sure, but there is a theme to grapple with: the majority of Analog Africa reissues are from West Africa, where its 60s and 70s bands were exposed to and inspired by imported funk and soul records alongside their own home-grown traditions. The Bariba Sound is the latest instalment in this on-going anthology.

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Roberto Fonseca returns

Roberto Fonseca returns | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Alongside the Latin jazz licks whipped up by Fonseca's piano and keyboards are percussionist Baba Sissoko, Etienne Mbappe on bass, Sekou Kouyateon kora, Munir Hossn on guitar, accompanied by the Cubans Joel Hierrezulo on percussion, Ramses Rodriguez on drums and Felipe Cabrera on double bass. There are vocal collaborations from Faudel, Fatoumata Diawara, Assane Mboup and the spoken word artist Mike Ladd. Also included are the producers Gilles Peterson, who co-produced two tracks, and the American producer Count who mastered the album, and also remixed two of the tracks.

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Boston Cops Crack Down on Moshing | Music News | Rolling Stone

Boston Cops Crack Down on Moshing | Music News | Rolling Stone | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Boston police are cracking down on moshing and slam-dancing at concerts in the city. Cops have cited an incident at a Flogging Molly show at the House of Blues on February 21st for a license violation, noting that 60 concertgoers engaged in "aggressive mosh pit dance," which resulted in people colliding into one another and getting knocked to the floor. This activity – which is pretty much par for the course at hardcore punk and metal gigs – violated safety rules, and the club was cited because security did not intervene.

"The safety of our patrons is the top priority," the House of Blues said in a statement. Representatives of the venue say they are working with city officials to "address concerns about moshing and other forms of expressive dance."

 

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A British Guy From Texas, Okay- The Music of Doug Sahm-CD Review

A British guy from Texas? Oh, ya, that. See one Doug Sahm, a mad monk, a Texas-bred mad monk, of musical talent wanted to ride the wave, the 1960s British invasion wave led by the Beatles that changed the face of rock and roll more than somewhat. Just like Elvis, Chuck and Jerry Lee did a generation before, a rock generation that is, and , strangely, brought blues, big heartland, butcher to the world, industrial city hard life electric blues via Chicago and Memphis and country harder life acoustic blues via the Delta cotton field broiling sun sweats and Saturday night no electricity jukes, mainly, back to America. So ride the wave, take the ride and pay for the ticket, to paraphrase the late gonzo journalist, Doctor Hunter S. Thompson a kindred, here comes none other than the Sir Douglas Quintet no less high and hard in the 1960s American post-invasion hip-hop night.

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Kate Bush, As Heard By This Dude Who Sings Jazz: A Conversation : NPR

Kate Bush, As Heard By This Dude Who Sings Jazz: A Conversation : NPR | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The German-born vocalist Theo Bleckmann has made his name in the U.S. traversing the fields of jazz, cabaret and contemporary classical music. On his new album, one idiosyncratic, border-crossing singer reinterprets another.
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Todd Snider: Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste

Todd Snider: Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Chocked full of songs about crooked bankers, the pleasures of recreational drugs, and the evils of organized religion, Todd Snider’s reputation as America’s favorite alt-folk shit disturber remains firmly intact with the release of his newest album...
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Andrew Bird on Colbert

Stephen Colbert doesn’t always interview musicians on “The Colbert Report,” but when he does it’s always great, such as his one-on-one with James Murphy, and his Radiohead interview. Colbert opens his interview with violin/whistler extraordinaire, Andrew Bird, with an offer for extreme fame, or as he calls it, “the Colbert bump.”

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